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A BIOTOPE CITY QUARTIER FOR VIENNA

In Vienna, a ‘Biotope City’ district is currently under construction. A neighborhood based on the principles of Biotope City: the realization of a dense urban neighborhood as nature in a close juxtaposition with human, their homes, nearby shops, school, kindergarten, and species of flora and fauna, each with their own, closely interlinked sphere of life.

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Flora+Fauna in der Stadt

Wie kann man Städte als gemeinsamen Lebensraum für Menschen, Tiere und Pflanzen entwickeln? Welche Rolle spielt die Artenvielfalt für eine attraktive, nachhaltige Stadt?

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DIE URBANE ZUKUNFT

Klimaresilienz, Biodiversität und die neue Schönheit von Architektur und Städtebau: Wie wird die Stadt aussehen unter den Bedingungen des Klimawandels?

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Ökologische Gesamtkonzepte

Ein ökologisches Gesamtkonzept für Gebäude zu erarbeiten und in einem entsprechenden Stufenkonzept umzusetzen, sollte Grundlage aller zukünftigen Planungen sein. Für Berlin werden die Strategien der Stadt vorgestellt.

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REGE

Wie mache ich Bürgern klar, wie wichtig die verschiedenen Möglichkeiten von Regenwasser-Rückhaltung durch Begrünen sind? Prof. Daniel Roer, University of British Columbia,Vancouver, stellt eine Methode vor.

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KRISE FINDET STADT

Die KUPFzeitung ist das kulturpolitische Magazin der Kulturplattform OÖ. Sie ist ein zentrales Medium des Kulturdiskurses in Oberösterreich.

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NATURE BASED SOLUTIONS

A report with 25 interesting case studies of nature based projects in Brazil and different countries in Europe. A study by the EU Commission.

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Leben in der Biotope City Wienerberg

Broschüre für Bewohner, die einen guten Überblick über die Besonderheiten dieses besonderen neuen Quartiers gibt – auch für Architekten und andere professionell mit Planen und Bauen Beschäftigte interessant mit einem detaillierten Einblick in verschiedene Dimensionen einer Biotope City.

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Je grüner desto kühler

Die österreichische Tageszeitung KURIER berichtet am 1.9.2019 über die Biotope city Wienerberg und ihren Kühlungseffekt mittels Begrünung

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EPIRRHEMA

Ein eindringliches Gedicht von Johann Wolfgang von Goethe über das Verhältnis von Mensch, Natur und Kosmos

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Urban Farming by the City of Vienna

Urban farming for climate change mitigation Press Service of the City of Vienna Mayor Ludwig and City Councillor Sima: Active against climate change with vegetables from ViennaVienna pensioners' homes enjoy organic potatoes from Vienna - new logistics save...

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pioneer ot hoffmann

Ein Gebäude mitten in der Stadt, bewachsen mit Bäumen auf allen Etagen, gebaut schon in den 70er Jahren, lange vor dem Mailänder Bosco Vertikale. Ein Interview mit dem Architekten

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WORLD CONGRESS OF BUILDING GREENING 2020

    Congress of roof, façade and interior greeningThe Federal Association Building Green e. V. (BuGG) as organizer and organizer of the World Congress Building Green 2020 is an association of scientists, planners, executives, producers, countries / cities and...

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A CHARTER FOR THE BERLIN TOWN GREEN

Vom 14. Mai 2019 bis zum 11. Juni 2019 fand die zweite Online-Beteiligungsphase zur Charta für das Berliner Stadtgrün statt. Sie ist nun abgeschlossen. Das Verfahren geht weiter.

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Ecology and a forest tower

Eine Erkundung des Trudo-Waldturms durch Harrie van Helmond, Architekt und Mitglied von Biotope-City, Jannie Landa, aktiver Stadtgrüner und Mitglied von IVN Eindhoven und Tom van Duuren, Forstdirektor und Mitglied von Wilde Weelde, Abteilung für natürliche Umwelt.

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Biotope City – the Gardencity of the 21thCentury

Wie können wir den Lebensraum des Menschen so einrichten und regulieren, dass er in einem Zusammenspiel mit anderen Arten von Leben seine Lebenszeit so gut und gesund wie möglich verbringen kann? Es gilt, die guten Ideen der Gartenstadt zu übersetzen auf die Situation des 21.Jhds.
– Helga Fassbinder –

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Ecology and Madness

‘Ökologie und Wahnsinn’ – ein Symposium auf Burg Hülshoff am 13.Sept.19 im Rahmen des Festivals ‘Natur am Bau’

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The Vienna Biotope City in the Press

The Vienna Biotope City in the Press   In the Austrian daily newspaper DER STANDARD an article about the Biotope City in Vienna is published in March 2019. Woichiech Czaja emphazises the stimulating effect of green on people’s mind and adds by this another argument to...

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AGRICULTURAL CAPITAL – PROJECTS FOR A CULTIVATED CITY

AGRICULTURAL CAPITAL  -      PROJECTS FOR A CULTIVATED CITY Pavillon de l'Arsenal, Paris From October 2, 2018 to February 10, 2019 - Free Admission    Residents of the metropolis have rediscovered agriculture as a way to address growing environmental crises as...

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To grow a fence, a bench, a town!

To grow a fence, a bench, a town! An interview with Bob Radstake    Leora Rosner When Bob Radstake returned from a trip to Australia he realised how much he missed seeing nature within urban areas. As he states, “I was walking along the street when the idea just fell...

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Amsterdam City Hall roof planted

Amsterdam City Hall roof planted Leora Rosner Due to the tenacity of one person a seed was planted and nurtured until it grew and began to blossom. The story of planting the roof of the City Hall of Amsterdam (the Stopera) began in April of 2007 when a letter was sent...

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Wild or not: which do you prefer?

Wild or not: which do you prefer?  Leora Rosner Wild gardens in our steel, glass and brick jungles offer a softer view. Placed along facades where one would generally never see a garden, because of lack of interest, wild gardens would help create a greener...

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Walking with Weeds

Walking with Weeds Leora Rosner Now that summer has reached this shore, albeit for a mere few days, come and walk with me. Let’s see what’s growing along the sidewalks, streets, fences and empty lots. Let’s look at the wild potential in greening and cooling cities....

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The Urbanity of Wild Plants

The Urbanity of Wild Plants Leora Rosner   Cooperation is  the wild plants' middle name, up against grey facades or a world of red brick. Urban spread amongst wild plants, can be true development in acceptance of their presence. Wild plants needn't be fenced out...

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Remarks at High-Level Event on Climate Change

António Guterres, UN-Secretary-General:    REMARKS on CLIMATE CHANGE Speech at UN General Assembly, New York, 26.9.2018 ..."Climate change is the defining issue of our time – and we are at a defining moment. Many times journalists ask me...

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A Wall in the Change of Seasons

A Wall in the Change of Seasons Irene Zluwa The contribution of Irene Zluwa is the result of a study of plants that have a good chance of surviving wall greening. This is certainly interesting for those who want to realize greening the grey house walls in densely...

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MOSS AGAINST C02

MOSS AGAINST C02   Leora Rosner  In the daily surf  ‘n’ seek for innovative ways of greening the (barren) urban landscape I happened upon a small company, Groene Gevel Design (Green Gable Design), in Rotterdam. The question,  “what could possibly be new in the...

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BIOTOPE CITY AS TEACHING

BIOTOPE CITY AS TEACHING Helga Fassbinder Within a few decades enormous changes in the general conditions of urban life became manifest: The emission of CO2, climate change, the explosion of the world population, a growing global feeding problem, shortage...

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URBAN WOODS – a Lesson by Milan World Expo 2015

URBAN WOODS - a Lesson by Milan World Expo 2015 Helga Fassbinder 'Nearly all densely built cities suffer from pollution which, time and time again, exceeds the legal limits as defined by the European Commission. Within the borders of the EU this can have...

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FREI OTTO: HOUSES IN THE TREE – BERLIN 1987

FREI OTTO: HOUSES IN THE TREE - BERLIN 1987 Director, camera, Editor: Beate LendtProduction: Gerald Lindner & Beate LendtMusic and sound: Vladimir Rakic Film: House in the tree (trailer)            http://architekturclips.de/treehouse Living in a tree...

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Smart City as a social-ecological Challenge

Smart Cities as a social-ecological Challenge Helga Fassbinder Contribution to the global roundtable : Smart cities are coming. Can they be as much about nature, health, and wellbeing as traffic flows, crime detection, and evermore efficient provision of...

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A COMMUNITY GARDEN…. ON THE ROOFTOP OF A SCHOOL

A COMMUNITY GARDEN.... ON THE ROOFTOP OF A SCHOOL Editors Biotope City Journal Paris: A community garden as a green injection on the rooftop of a school - now 3 years later: Since several years the city of Paris makes great efforts to improve the air...

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IMPLICATIONS OF FOOD GROWN IN URBAN SETTINGS

IMPLICATIONS OF FOOD GROWN IN URBAN SETTINGS Naomi Tsur Food grown in local urban settings can reduce the negative impact of conventional agriculture on natural resources and contribute to the restoration of habitats for local flora and fauna.   While...

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I am the city

I am the city   Leora Rosner   I am the city Stone, brick, mortar, steel and glass My arteries are the streets The sidewalks my veins My people are the muscles Of my perambulations My breath is short and strained and I am feverish I am the city Nigh...

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SHADE TREES, COOL SUMMER

SHADE TREES, COOL SUMMER Leora Rosner Summer has arrived coupled with the urge to seek solutions to cool down. For some of us that urge comes only after baking in the sun in the form of a dip or a swim in cool waters. Others simply want to seek a cool...

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WILDLIFE IN THE CITY

The formula “The City as Nature” asks for a definition how one understands by nature. Where to start? Where does it belong? The question is explosive, especially among biologists but also among ordinary people: when nature has to be saved: which one? The nature in the state of hundred years ago?

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In memoriam HARRY GLÜCK – an obit

In memoriam HARRY GLÜCK - an obit Helga Fassbinder The renowned Viennese architect, Harry Glück, passed away on 13.12.2016.  He was one of the great pioneers of green architecture within the dense city. We, at Biotope City Journal have published several articles in...

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THE PHILOSOPHY OF THE GREEN

THE PHILOSOPHY OF THE GREEN Statement at Alpbach Built Environment Symposium 31.8.-1.9.2012 "Creating Living Spaces - How will we live in the future"   Helga Fassbinder We are living in a time of fundamental changes. In building too, it seems as if we...

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HOMO URBANUS – the man of the urban future

HOMO URBANUS - the man of the urban future Jelle Reumer ‘The environment selects’ is a well-known Darwinist paradigm. The idea also holds water when the environment changes, in which case the changed environment selects. An environment without...

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THE LOWLINE AIMS HIGH

Click on images to enlarge them. They will appear in a new tab. After years of planning, another ambitious project rivaling the Highline in all its aspects, both good and bad – is being realized in New York City. It is called the Lowline and is located in Manhattan’s...

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THE NATURE OF GREEN

THE NATURE OF GREEN Gary Grant Use of the term “green” could be a good thing—if it was clear that “being green” meant applying ecological knowledge. I was looking at an infographic on Twitter recently. It was in the form of a wheel of words, listing dozens of...

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LIVING ROOFS – A catalyst for building communities

LIVING ROOFS – A catalyst for building communities Charlie Green, Jane Riddiford 1. Introduction This article is based what we have been discovering through the development of a Living Roof on top of an office building in Kings Cross, Central London. The project has...

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THE CONCEPT OF “BIOTOPE CITY”

THE CONCEPT OF "BIOTOPE CITY"   Interview with Helga Fassbinder by Elisabeth Wertmann,  Österreichisches Wirtschaftsblatt Elisabeth Wertmann: Biotope City - what does this mean?  Helga Fassbinder: The concept "Biotope City" – city seen as nature – is an...

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URBAN COOTS

URBAN COOTS - URBANE BLESSHÜHNER -              FOULQUES URBAINES - WATERHOENTJES Sema Bekiroviç from: Semira Bekiroviç, URBAN COOTS, Veenman Publishers, Rotterdam. ISBN978-86900-62-6

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THE NEW PLANNING REALITY: THE DENSE CITY ALS NATURE

THE NEW PLANNING REALITY: THE DENSE CITY AS NATURE Helga Fassbinder If you happen to be a pigeon or a sparrow hawk or a seed you probably see the city in a much different light then humans do. For birds, animals, plants the dense city is a form of nature too, such as...

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